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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

Spy Handler So that means we're still gonna be buying (144 comments)

2 types of drives for the foreseeable future.... SSD main drive for the OS and programs, HDD for storing pron. Better get used to it.

Here is my desktop setup:
- One fast SSD main drive
- One 3 TB HDD for video/picture/mp3/document storage
- Second 3TB HDD, gets synched to the first HDD nightly as a backup

SSD gets a manual disk image stored on the first HDD once in a while.

I feel pretty good with this setup, as I'm protected from any single drive failure. Also I have some accidental deletion/corruption protection as the two HDDs are not mirrored in real time.

12 hours ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

Spy Handler BLUE ray (167 comments)

The pits on a blu ray disc are optimized for reading with a blue laser. Sun's output have more energy at the other end (red spectrum). I'm thinking they might get even better efficiency if they tried a disc pitting pattern that was meant for reading with a red laser.

yesterday
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WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

Spy Handler Re:Saltwater and MTBF (86 comments)

Did I say European engineers are idiots? Or any engineers?

Of course they can make it work, I was saying the project will fail due to economics, not because they can't engineer. Like the Concorde, an engineering marvel but economic failure.

Here's an earlier Slashdot story and comment that sums it up nicely:

http://hardware.slashdot.org/c...

yesterday
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WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

Spy Handler Re:Saltwater and MTBF (86 comments)

Stop trying to be so nice and polite. What you really meant to say is that this aint ever gonna work because salt water is a crazy fucked up environment. Harebrained schemes like this always fail because seawater is so corrosive that maintenance costs will eat up any and all profits.

Haven't seen anyone mention it yet, but only a couple months ago there was a Slashdot story about another wave power generation scheme that failed. Cause? Salt water and high maintenance costs.

yesterday
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

Spy Handler Wait, E-sports players hacking? (217 comments)

I am unfamiliar with E-sports so please bear with me. Do you mean to say the players play from home on their own computers via the internet? Like regular gamers?

And anyone is surprised that people hacked?

I was under the impression that E-sports was like regular sports (NFL, etc) and that players got together in real life in the same location and played on identical computers provided by event organizers. I guess this is this not the case?

2 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Spy Handler Re:Pathetic (1082 comments)

but it's ok to burn down a pizza place and pharmacy, right?

Oh look, there goes a McDonald's too. Up in flames.

2 days ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

Spy Handler Or (302 comments)

gamma rays lead to green muscular angry lifeforms in other galaxies.

2 days ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

Spy Handler America's loss is Africa's gain (323 comments)

Africa and Latin America also saw an uptick in their share of the worldâ(TM)s professional migration flows.

If this is true, will we be seeing more high-tech startups opening shop in Africa and Central America?

2 days ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

Spy Handler Re:Corn Subsidies (183 comments)

never mind the greenhouse gases that 7 billion human corpses will release

Huh what? Nobody said anything about killing 7 billions humans. All you need is a reduced birthrate.

And those 7 billion humans are not gonna live forever. They're all gonna die at some point.

3 days ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

Spy Handler Re:Corn Subsidies (183 comments)

Nobody has to volunteer to suicide or murder. All we need is for each person to have 0 or 1 offspring. It wouldn't take many generations before population reaches optimum hunter-gatherer levels.

Most slashdotters are already doing this (0 or 1 offspring), we just need to convince the rest of humans.

3 days ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

Spy Handler Re:Corn Subsidies (183 comments)

Agriculture is killing you. You shouldn't be growing crops at all.

Studies have shown that the paleo diet is the healthiest way for humans to eat. And we all know that the earth is overpopulated. Any and all environmental problems, including greenhouse gases and climate change, all disappear if we reduce human population to < 100 million. That means going back to the lifestyle of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Have you seen the movie Avatar? If we all lived like the blue people, the world would be a better place.

3 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

Spy Handler Re:Don't Worry About the Singularity... amoeba (442 comments)

Singularity is about as likely as the second coming of Jesus. Put another way, singularity is the nerd's version of Rapture.

I am a big proponent of self-driving cars. The idea of kicking back and watching a movie during my morning commute is so appealing that I am rooting for Google to go all-out and produce an AI driver ASAP.

Then a couple weeks ago I read on Slashdot that even after years of hard work, Google car can't even see a red traffic light! Machine vision is still so poor as to be nonexistent. Google car can only drive around a carefully mapped and modeled area in Silicon Valley.

If someone as simple as a self-driving car ain't happening, the idea of a self aware intelligent AI singularity will be science fiction... forever.

3 days ago
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Elon Musk Talks "X-Wing" Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones

Spy Handler Back to barges? (96 comments)

I thought the ultimate goal was to have the 1st and 2nd stages return to launchpad on their own. That would've been cool, but I guess they decided it was too hard.

An autonomous barge and precision landing would still be a lot cheaper than deploying a dozen US Navy ships and thousands of sailors looking for a capsule.

3 days ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

Spy Handler Re:Why giving ? (91 comments)

It's called White Guilt. Google it.

Also, a corollary according to Jerry Pournelle: "Liberalism is a philosophy of consolation for Western Civilization as it commits suicide."

4 days ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

Spy Handler Re:Were Hunter-gatherers doing better (91 comments)

I'm not talking about *you* per se, I'm talking about poor people in Africa. A healthy hunter-gatherer lifestyle seems preferable to dying from lack of clean water.

4 days ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

Spy Handler Re:Were Hunter-gatherers doing better (91 comments)

Just curious, have you ever tried a "hunter/gatherer" lifestyle? Gone to a wilderness area, ditched the trappings of civilization (clothes, cellphone, computer, canteen, all that stuff), and tried living on what you could hunt down or gather (and no, I'm not referring to what you can gather at the local Mcdonald's...)...

I said hunter-gatherer, not living all by myself. They had things called tribes and families, you know. See Dances with Wolves sometime.

And another one decribed that lifetyle as "nasty, brutish, and short".

Again, you seem to equate hunting/gathering with lawless anarchy where it's every man for himself. Ice Age hunters formed groups and undoubtedly worked well with each other.

4 days ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

Spy Handler Were Hunter-gatherers doing better (91 comments)

than today? Sometimes I think Africa would be doing a lot better if white man had never existed.

(I'm including middle eastern people when I say "white man". They invented a pesky thing called agriculture and allowed populations to grow enormously)

I kinda like the hunter-gatherer lifestyle myself. Agriculture is overrated.

And no I'm not being racist, a noteworthy scholar had commented once that a hunter-gatherer from 100,000 BC lived better than the average man in 19th century London.

4 days ago
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Great Firewall of China Blocks Edgecast CDN, Thousands of Websites Affected

Spy Handler Except for Mozilla and Colts (128 comments)

I never heard of any of those sites listed in TFA. And since it's doubtful anyone in China cares about the Colts, that leaves Mozilla.

it's likely many people are still just starting to discover what's happened and the economic impact is yet to be fully realized

Economic impact would be probably close to zero.

4 days ago

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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized by Consumer Group

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about two weeks ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "Yesterday's announcement that Google will lease Moffett Field from NASA for 60 years drew criticism from a group called Consumer Watchdog, which stated "This is like giving the keys to your car to the guy who has been siphoning gas from your tank. It is unfairly rewarding unethical and wrongful behavior."

Which makes one wonder: what's the market rate for a lease on 1000 acres of Silicon Valley real estate? And also, would the public reaction to this deal have been as muted if it had been, say, Monsanto getting caught underpaying the gov't for diesel fuel, only to be rewarded later with a large sweetheart deal for federal land?"
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Steve Ballmer To Ban L.A. Clippers From Using Apple Products

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 2 months ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft who recently purchased the basketball team Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, will ban the use of Apple products by his team. Ballmer is no longer working for Microsoft but is still the largest individual shareholder, with about 4 percent of the company worth $15.7 billion."
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How Russia Should Respond to U.S. Olympic Snub with Snowden

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about a year ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "In a move that can only be interpreted as a snub against Russia's recent anti-gay laws, U.S. will be sending openly gay athletes as part of its delegation to the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, without President Obama or any other high ranking government official in attendance. Score one point for USA, most of us can agree that such anti-gay laws are unjust with no place in a modern civilized society. However, Russia can score its own point in rebuttal and highlight the log in America's own eye — NSA's global internet surveillance — by inviting Edward Snowden to the opening ceremony. Bonus point for having him light the Olympic torch."
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Verizon Programmer Caught Outsourcing Own Job To China

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 2 years ago

Spy Handler writes "In 2012 when Verizon discovered that its corporate systems were being accessed by someone in China, it launched an investigation. Initially thought to be a case of industrial espionage or a malicious hacker, it turns out that one of their own employees had contracted his programming job out to a team in China. The programmer, man in his mid 40's identified only as "Bob", would show up for work, watch cat videos and surf Reddit (among other things), while the contractors in China did the work he was supposedly doing. He paid them one-fifth of the 6-figure salary he was getting from Verizon.

And over the past several years, Bob received excellent performance reviews of his "clean, well written" coding. He had even been noted as "the best developer in the building." However, Bob has been fired after his scheme was discovered."

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NASA To Test Bigelow Inflatable Module Aboard ISS

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 2 years ago

Spy Handler writes "NASA has announced that it has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to build an inflatable module for the International Space Station. Details of the project will be announced Wednesday at Bigelow’s headquarters in Las Vegas.

Seems like all the pieces for a privately-built space renaissance are starting to fall into place. When the Falcon Heavy goes operational to provide cheap launches, we could finally have the spaceflight boom that space enthusiasts have been dreaming of."

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HP Software Update Cancels Food Stamps

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "A software update of the California welfare computer system (CalWIN) caused 37,000 Food Stamp recipients to lose their EBT (a credit card paid for by the government) benefits last weekend. According to the article, Hewlett Packard was responsible for the failed update of CalWIN, but at 8:00 a.m. today Xerox (who administers another state welfare system called CalFresh) issued a patch that reactivated the EBT cards."
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Google Threatened Acer with Banishment from Android

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler writes "In a Microsoft-esque move, Google threatened Acer with banishment from Android if it went ahead with its new cellphone project with Alibaba (China's version of Amazon), using an OS called Aliyun. Acer has remained silent on the issue, but Alibaba reports that they received notification from Google, stating "if the new product launch with Aliyun went ahead, Google would terminate Android product cooperation and related technical authorization with Acer." Possible reason for Google's upset is that the Aliyun OS, which is not Android, can run Android apps as well as its own."
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SpaceX Dragon Launch To ISS Set For April 30th

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "NASA announced today a tentative April 30th date for SpaceX launch to the International Space Station on an unmanned cargo mission.

"Everything looks good as we head toward the April 30 launch date," said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations.

If successful, SpaceX will become the first private company to launch a space vehicle and dock with the ISS."

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Apple and Samsung Rake In 95% of Mobile Phone Profits

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "The race for mobile domination appears to be a two-horse race. According to a new CNET report, Apple took in a whopping 80 percent of all profits in the mobile phone business last quarter — that's counting all cell phones, not just smartphones. Samsung came in second, reaping 15 percent of the profits. Everyone else was left scrambling for crumbs.

Perhaps the release of Windows 8 phones can turn the tide and prevent a Apple-Samsung duopoly from taking place."

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Free Hotel Wi-Fi Overwhelmed by iPads

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 3 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "According to iBAHN, a firm that provides Wi-Fi and computer services to hotels, free Wi-Fi networks are struggling to cope with the huge increase in traffic since the iPad was released.

"The iPad is the fastest-selling device in consumer electronics history, and because of it the demand placed on any public place Wi-Fi system has gone up exponentially in the last year and a half," said David W. Garrison, chief executive of iBAHN.

Hotels are now facing a tough choice; keep Wi-Fi free and risk angering customers with slow internet, upgrade their internet pipe and charge customers for Wi-Fi (which also might anger customers), or upgrade their internet and eat the costs."

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Tearing Down iPhone 4S reveals 512MB RAM

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler writes "ComputerWorld is reporting that tearing down the just-released iPhone 4S reveals an A5 processor and 512MB of RAM.

"How do we know it's 512MB? Check out the marking, specifically 'E4E4,' denoting two 2Gb LPDDR2 die — for a total of 4Gb — or 512MB."

What's baffling to me — since I have yet to drink the Kool-aid and am unfamiliar with Apple hardware — is why did it take disassembling the phone and examining chip markings to deduce the amount of RAM in the system? In Linux and Windows, you type in one command and it tells you. Or simply looking at the box usually shows the processor, RAM and HDD size"

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Would You Vote For a Programmer President?

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "Herman Cain, one of the current front-runners in the race for the Presidency of the U.S., has a master's degree in Computer Science (and a bachelor's degree in Mathmatics). As a Slashdotter, would this fact affect your vote favorably toward him?

Contrast this with your typical politician, most of whom have a law degree and majored in something in liberal arts as an undergraduate. (Mr. Obama was a Political Science major and has a law degree)"
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NASA's Space Launch System: a Critical Analysis

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "Jerry Pournelle has posted a quick analysis of NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS) on his website. His two main criticisms involve:

1. Usage of the Shuttle main engines. "Those were developed to be reusable, and they are expensive because of that. They are in fact magnificent engines and thoroughly reusable if operated at 90-95% of rated capacity; it’s not their fault that they had to be run at 103% and above to fly Shuttle. But they were developed to be reusable, and that adds greatly to their cost."

2. Usage of SRBs. "You don’t want recoverable solid rockets in the first place. The operations are a nightmare, and the design has to be compromised so that the impact on the water does not destroy the thing, and it has to float. All that changes the design and affects performance. There is no good reason ever to recover a solid booster, which is, after all, a big sewer pipe stuffed with guncotton and leached with nitroglycerine....

The only reason we ever came up with any notion as mad as a segmented solid booster was that the SRB had to be made in Utah because of political constraints. If you make a booster that size in Utah it has to be segmented because you can’t ship it by rail or on the highway – the curves are too sharp and the tunnels are not big enough. You would have to make it in Michoud Louisiana and ship it by barge to Canaveral. That is possible but Louisiana isn’t Utah. Apparently the new NASA design is worried about the Utah Senatorial votes to this day."


His widely read 2000 paper titled How To Get To Space provides excellent insights into the X-programs and is well worth reading."

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Japan Does Not Face Another Chernobyl

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler writes "In spite of the sensationalist stories on the Japan earthquake by U.S. media , which is giving the public an impression of a nuclear holocaust at the power plants and generally spreading anti-nuclear F.U.D., the reality is actually quite different... and not so dire. According to this article — which contains actual info about the reactors involved and how they function — everything worked exactly as the designers intended in a natural disaster scenario such as this, there will be no Chernobyl, and the public is not in danger of developing green skin and turning into the Hulk."
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Pickens Plan comes to a wimpering end

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "In 2008, billionaire T. Boone Pickens unveiled his "Pickens Plan" on national TV, which calls for America to end its dependence on foreign oil by increasing use of wind power and natural gas. Over the next two years, he spent $80 million on TV commercials and $2 billion on General Electric wind turbines. Unfortunately market forces were not favorable to Mr. Pickens, and in December 2010 he announced that he is getting out of the wind power business.

What does he plan to do with his $2 billion worth of idle wind turbines? He is trying to sell them to Canada, because of Canadian law that mandates consumers to buy more renewable electricity regardles of cost."

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Americans' Support for Nuclear Power Highest Ever

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "According to a new Gallup poll, 64% of Americans favored nuclear power as a means for generating electricity.

Though a majority of Americans has long supported nuclear power, Gallup said the latest rating is the highest since it began polling on the issue in 1994.

71% of Republicans supported nuclear, while 51% of Democrats did so."

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Software Engineer Flies Plane into IRS Building

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "A software engineer flew his small airplane into an office building in Austin, Texas today. Fortunately none of the 199 IRS employees who work there were killed, even though the crash caused a massive fire that gutted the building.

The pilot, Joseph Stack, was the founder of a small software company that apparently had tax problems with the government, and he posted a disgruntled suicide note on his company webite. (archived version here.)"

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Los Angeles City Website Crashed by MJ Memorial

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Spy Handler writes "The City of Los Angeles spent $1.4 million to provide security for Michael Jackson's memorial service on Tuesday, mostly in overtime pay for approximately 3000 police officers. Since the city was already in the midst of a severe budget crisis, it actively sought out donations from MJ fans, by asking them to go to the city's website and sending them money. (there is a prominent link at the top of the home page that says "JACKSON EVENT DONATIONS")

Unfortunately the website simply could not handle the surge in traffic and crashed repeatedly on Tuesday and Wednesday, one of them lasting for 12 hours. As of Wednesday the city has only received $17,000 in donations.

A quick check of the city's website reveals that it is running Sun Java Web Server 6.1"

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Nazi Stealth Bomber Built and Tested

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Spy Handler writes "The Horton 229 Flying Wing, one of the more famous "Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe" produced in the latter days of WWII, is noted for its striking similarity to the modern B-2 Stealth Bomber. The question remained, "How effective would it have been against Allied air defenses of the day?". Unfortunately no surviving example existed for testing... until now. Northrop Grumman, on its own time and money, built a replica using the original blueprints and conducted radar tests. The result? Very good for the Nazis, bad for Allied defenses trying to detect it.

National Geographic Channel will be airing a new documentary about this on Sunday July 5th. (Although Nat Geo calls it "Hitler's Stealth Fighter", the size and shape of the aircraft dictates that it wouldn't have been used for anything other than dropping bombs)"

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